Shine Newsletter Issue 13

It is so hard to believe Christmas and New Year have come and gone and we are already well in to enjoying and planning for 2012.

Foundation Shine has definitely been keeping busy as you can read by Sharon’s news on our Rockabilly and High Tea. Both of these events were very successful – one involved tea in fine bone china cups and saucers, victorian posies and the lively vibe of 120 ladies enjoying shopping, the company of friends and being inspired by our wonderful guest speakers Geoff Harris, Executive Director of the Mental Health Coalition of SA and Madge McGuire Director of Catherine House.

The Rockabilly involved over 300 energetic guests rocking and rolling the night away to the sounds of great bands and an array of vintage cars to rival the Birdwood museum!! Thanks to George and Leah Cushnie for organising this amazing event.

We are very grateful for the $5000 donation from the Rockabilly and part of the money went towards our Christmas Gift Boxes. From the High Tea we were able to donate $2000 to Catherine House towards their Education and Employment Program and $2000 to MIFSA (Mental Illness Fellowship SA) who continue to make such a difference in the lives of the many people dealing with mental health issues.

We were extremely busy just before Christmas delivering our “Christmas Cheer Gift Boxes” to the many people who struggle with mental health issues and who need a lift at this time of year.

We are often told how important these gifts are and how they really make a difference to those receiving them. I spent a very pleasant evening in the peaceful and beautiful grounds of St Johns Church, Halifax Street just before Christmas helping raise funds for the Mary Magdalene Centre’s Christmas Bazaar.

Foundation Shine put together a trading table and were able to donate $500 to this wonderful organisation. Many of the people they assist suffer from mental health problems, so we were very happy to be able to contribute and be part of this enjoyable evening. On a sadder note, one of our very loyal Shine supporters Lydia and Garry Minuzzo recently lost a loved member of their family who had been suffering from mental illness for many years. They very kindly suggested that in lieu of flowers, a donation to Foundation Shine Inc would be appreciated.

We sincerely thank them and all those attending the funeral who donated generously to Foundation Shine. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone in their family.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal Foundation Shine supporters, who through your loyalty and generosity, enable us to continue being a

Warm Regards,
Robyn May President

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